JT: Marine Ball 'Changed My Life'

Timberlake pens tribute after date with corporal
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2011 10:12 AM CST
Updated Nov 14, 2011 10:57 AM CST
Cast member Justin Timberlake arrives at the premiere of "In Time" in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. "In Time" opens in theaters Oct. 28, 2011.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – Not only did Justin Timberlake attend the Marine Corps Ball Saturday night—afterward, he wrote a moving tribute that brought a tear to the eye of even the famously snarky Gawker. “I knew I would have an evening that I wouldn't forget... Something I could tell my friends about. What I didn't know was how moved I would be by the whole experience,” Timberlake wrote on his official site yesterday. He describes his date, Corporal Kelsey DeSantis, as “so humble and honest... Very cool."

"She also simultaneously seemed like she was nervous about the whole evening and if I was going to enjoy myself," he continues. "I have to tell you, it's not every day that I meet a 23 year old girl and she's more worried about if I'm having fun or if I'm comfortable! It hit me all of a sudden that these were the type of people that look after us and our freedom... Humble, concerned for others before themselves.” The whole entry is worth a read. As for DeSantis’ reaction? Fox News reports that she tweeted, “The ball was epic! Had a wonderful time.” (For those of you concerned Mila Kunis was going to skip out on her own ball date, New York reports she's attending hers on Friday.)

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